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Brenda Gael Smith

Flourish! ©2017 Brenda Gael Smith
Flourish! (90x90cm)

About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of my work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, I strive to capture the essence of my subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, I refine line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.


Currently on exhibition in ART QUILT AUSTRALIA 2017 at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum at  Castella St, Lilydale, Victoria. Open 7 days, 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.

Copa Abstractions Catalogue

This 28 page book showcases the development of the Copa Abstractions project over 52 weeks. It includes inspiration images and the resulting collection of vibrant, abstract textile sketches. You can grab some colourful note cards too!

Preview at Blurb.

Note cards featuring artwork by Brenda Gael Smith

Copa Abstractions Catalogue Cover Brenda Gael Smith